Due to the relatively small distance between Lallemand and Goytakanya, even before the crisis an estimated 50,000 Goytakano lived in Lallemand and an estimated 110,000 Suvumese lived in the country also. With the influx of Goytakano refugees into the country of Lallemand, (estimated: 30,000) Goytakano now outnumber Suvumese on the South Island and many of the Goytakanya refugees lived in this refugee camp.
In the last few weeks since the conflict started Avewood News reported that 50 Suvumese have died in hits around the capital, specifically in the Ethnic neighborhoods of North Obodo known as Dada Village were thousands of Onnutans, Suvumese, Goytakanos, Cariocas and other mostly island groups. Avewood News asked the North Obodo police chief, Tomi Babatunde why they were slow to react to attacks against Suvumese among other questions. here is the script from our conversation.
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Reporter: Why were you slow to react to the systematic killings of Suvumese?
Tomi Babatunde: “We didn’t know if these numbers were due to gang related incidents as although North Obodo is a safe city, we still have nearly 300,000 people. Dada Village usually receives 5-9 out of the 12 murders we average a year yet only 80,000 live in the district, so when the first five Suvumese died e jus tthought we were having an abnormal year, until the number hit the 15th Suvumese dead. The thing is as Suvumese and Orugbos look very similar we just thought that we were having an abnormal year, were a lot of light skinned Orugbos or Mixed people were getting killed in gang related violence. Since Suvumese have live here for nearly a century in Dada Village area we honestly can’t tell the difference between some North Islanders and some Suvumese.
Reporter: Who are the culprits of these Suvumese killings?
Tomi Babatunde: We have identified that two Goytakano Refugee gangs are to blame for the killings that has shocked North Obodo. We expect double digit rates in Port Obodo and Avewood but not here. (reference to the murder rate of 10.65 per 100,000). The names of these gangs are Goytakano Island Boys (G.I.B) and Suvukillas (SK). They are responsible for 25 deaths in North Obodo this year, all of these murders Happened along the unnamed roads in Dada Village were purposefully small apartments were thousands of poor immigrants live. These murders happening ever since May has changed the attitude of many of the North Obodans towards the Goytakano refugees.
Reporter: Can you tell me about the last attack?
Tomi Babatunde: The latest attack, coming immediately after the Suvuma wide deaths of Goytakano citizens, happened in an apartment were a Suvumese house party was being held. The apartment was stormed by 4 masked men no older than 20, and one of them had a pistol and started shooting people at the party, after unloading is bullets into the crowd. the masked man returned his gun to is waistband and left along with the other three men. Apparently these men then sprinted down the street, away from the scene. 4 people were killed in that attack. Currently we have arrested 3 members of Suvukillas in relation to the incident.
Reporter: Were these gangs specifically refugees?
Tomi Babatunde: We know that Goytakano Island Boys (G.I.B) are a local Lallemanyan gang that has been here for a decade and responsible for just 7 of the murders, Suvukillas are largely refugees and are said to be a gang that originally is from Suvuma and Goytakano although they seem to be much more active here due to connections with Pagbo gangs who can supply them with Pagbo War era weapons. Most likely the pistol used in last attack was an SAR54 A.K.A the Lallemanyan Beretta.
Reporter: How many Goytakano gang members are there?
Tomi Babatunde: Their is an estimated 500 G.I..B members and an estimated 1,200 SK members.
Reporter: What weapons do they have to their disposal? Do they have vehicles(Most Lallemand gangsters use bicycles, scooters and skateboards due to them not being able to afford cars and the density of cars on the street) makes it hard for a getaway)?
Tomi Babatunde: G.I.B members have many vehicles at their disposal as the gang is relatively old and includes many thirty and forty year olds with jobs as ex-gang members and their children following their parents footsteps. The G.I.B were mostly known for protesting against violence towards Goytakanos and helping fatherless children but eventually turned into a gang in many aspects were fathers and sons would eventually commit acts to bond that were illegal and the club turned into a gang. The G.I.B are mostly involved in things like bar fights, prostitution (this is legal) and selling drugs inside “No Drug Zones”(crime). Their weapons are knifes, metal pipes and broken bottles. Suvukillas are more deadly and are known for armed robberies, movement of weapons, shootings and violence overall. The Suvukillas are recently new and mixed with Pagbo gangs in the refugee camp this caused them to become extremely violent very fast. They have guns, machetes and some have been known to use small homemade bombs. They are almost completely dependent on the Pagbo gangs and often considered a branch of the Pagbo gangs, who fight with each other and everyone else. Suvukillas are known for not using cars and using bicycles to get to and from their crime scenes. Like most Refugee Camp gangs they go outside the camp to commit crimes due to the fact that the military runs the camp and don’t permit violence inside the camp at all. G.I.B and Suvukillas almost exclusively target Suvumese people especially Suvumese gangs.